I have a large group of herbs in pots on my deck. I am lucky that they are producing here in NC from early spring until well into the fall. The rosemary and chives even stay green all winter for me. I thought it would be fun to make some plant markers for the herbs. Since I am The Gardening Cook, what better markers that kitchen utensils?
The herbs that needed markers are rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, stevia, and oregano. I use these for my recipes all the time. I’ve grown others but these are the staples and the ones I ended up reserving the space for.
I wanted this to be an inexpensive project, so off to the dollar store I headed in search of some wooden spoons. I was going to get them all matching but when I saw the sets of fork and spoons, I bought those to give some interest to the project.
Supplies that I ended up for the project are pictured here:
- Old used Mason Jar
- Garnet colored Valspar paint sample
- 1″ Sponge brush (affiliate link)
- 2 sets of Dollar store wooden spoons and forks
- 1 Black paint pen (affiliate link)
- Outdoor Modge podge – if you want the markers to last more than one season. (affiliate link)
We are redoing a playhouse and making it into a garden shed, so I had the exact color of paint that I wanted for my markers. It is the same as the wall on our deck where the plants are sitting and I only used a tiny bit of it for the project.
The first step is to paint the wooden spoons and forks. I gave mine three coats and they dried very quickly between coats since I was working outside on a hot day. There is no need to go all the way to the end, since this is where the markers will be inserted into the earth. The sponge brush made painting easy and it was a cinch to get even brush strokes.
The mason jar holds the spoons and forks upright while they are drying and lets the air circulate around so they dried quickly. By the time I got all six done, I was able to start over with the first one again.
The next step was to do the plant names. I just wrote them on with the black paint and added a tiny nibble on the end of each letter for a crafty look that ended up being some what country looking. The spoons were all the same size but some had more of an area for painting of the names. I used these for the longer herb names.
I let the markers dry thoroughly and then placed the part of the handle with no paint into the dirt. I did not bother to use mod podge on mine since I only wanted them for one season. I like variety and will most likely try something else for marking them next season. But if you want yours to last, use outdoor modge podge on them and let this dry.
Easy peasy. The wooden spoon herb markers only less than an hour to make and that included drying time!
Like this idea? Why not check out some of these gardening projects using kitchen utensils:
Sensible Gardening – Floral Decor using Mini Cake Pans
Our Fairfield Home & Garden – Kitschy Kitchen Garden Accents
Empress of Dirt – Kitchen Utensil Garden Art Flowers
New House New Life – Cookie Cutter Garden Rain Chain
Sow and Dipity – Kitchen Gadget Garden Crafts
Garden Therapy – Decorative Wood Burned Garden Markers
Drought Smart Plants – Cake Tin Mosaic with Succulents
Drought Smart Plants – Garden Sign with Kitchen Utensils
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